Adult Sunday School meets at 9:30 a.m. during the school year. Nursery care and Sunday School for children and youth happen simultaneously. Offerings vary from discussions of book and video resources to Bible study and special presentations of current topics and events. We strive to offer classes that both challenge and support you on your faith journey. Past offerings have included:
- Beyond the Dream: The Life and Legacy of Martin Luther King, Jr. for Contemporary Christians
- Book studies on Being Mortal by Atul Gawande, An Altar in the World by Barbara Brown Taylor, and Pastors Sound Off: Causes We Can't Keep Quiet About
- Courses on gender identity, aging, Christmas carols, understanding the Bible
- Visits from the wider community including a class on Respecting Indigenous Cultures, a visit from Rabbi Moti Rieber, discussion with transgender activist Stephanie Mott
Spring 2018 Adult Education Opportunities
Midweek Book Study
Thursdays, beginning Feb. 15 from 11:30am-1:30pm in Andover Hall
The Misunderstood Jew: The Church and the Scandal of the Jewish Jesus by Amy-Jill Levine
Led by Sue Zschoche
The subject of this first, seven-week study will be Amy-Jill Levine’s book, The Misunderstood Jew: The Church and the Scandal of the Jewish Jesus. Levine notes that most Christians have difficulty remembering that Jesus was an observant Jew and that his message was deeply rooted in Jewish tradition and life in first century Palestine. Put another way, Jesus was not a Christian. Her point: understanding the Jewish roots of what became the Christian faith is a necessary corrective to centuries of Christian misunderstanding, and persecution, of Judaism. The book is available on Amazon in both print and digital form. If you would like the church to order you a copy, please contact the church office by Sunday, 11 February. Sue will provide coffee and iced tea - feel free to bring a sack lunch. If you need childcare, please contact Pastor Sue.
Adult Sunday School at 9:30 a.m.
Jan. 21 through Feb. 11 (four weeks)
Judith: An Introduction to Biblical Interpretation
Led by Pastor Caela
Do you ever wish you could sit down and read the Bible but find it more confusing than Shakespeare? Do you feel like you have a handle on the classic Bible stories but wish that you could work through some of your own ideas about them? This class on the apocryphal book Judith may be just the thing you need. After finishing the course you will be able to use your newly-learned skills to understand and interpret other parts of the Bible. Participants are invited read Judith chapters 1-7 before the first class (either in a Bible with the Apocrypha included or in a free online Bible; copies are also available in the church office).
Feb. 18 through Mar. 18 (five weeks)
Christianity and Anti-Semitism: A Troubling History
Led by Brent Maner
During the season of Lent--a time set aside for reflection, prayer, and penitence--this Sunday School class will examine the horrible place of anti-Jewish violence in Christian history. We will use the insights of historians and theologians to unpack the descriptions of Jews in the New Testament and in early Christianity that became features of Western anti-Semitism from the Middle Ages to the present day. We will also strengthen our own commitment to justice and our belief in God’s universal love by considering the efforts by religious leaders to overcome this troubling history through prayer, atonement, and interfaith dialogue.
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Mar. 25 & Apr. 1 - NO CLASSES (Ecumenical Palm Parade and Easter Potluck Breakfast)
Apr. 8 through May 13 (six weeks)
We Sing Freedom!
Led by Tai Amri Spann-Wilson, Richard Pitts, and David Wood
Movements of liberation and resistance have always been built upon the mind-body-spirit connection of music. In this six-week class we will honor the sacred song of silence, explore the history of freedom songs, and leave plenty of room for making music together as Tai Amri and David teach us songs from various freedom movements. Our special guest Richard Pitts will be with us on Apr. 22 to share about the new living history project he is launching as a part of his work with the Underground Railroad tours in our community.